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Toddler skirt – knit and sew

I’m a fresh knitter. I mean I’ve tried to knit so many times, but crochet has always been easier for me.
Finally got it last winter. There were these beautiful wool yarns I couldn’t pass and once they were mine, there was no turning back. Hope to have the time to keep mastering my knitting this winter in the evenings.

I’m a slow knitter. Very slow. So adding a small knitted pockets to a skirt is totally fulfilling for me at this stage :-)

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Berry Picking Skirt

What?! Doll?!?

Yes. A Doll. With a capital D.

It’s a doll for my little one.  I have to admit and may be upset some of you, but I honestly can’t stand Barbie dolls or any other close looking dolls. I’m from those weirdos that believe the aesthetic we teach our children affects them for life and actually affects the next generations in a way. If I scale down to my little girl, I’d love to see her healthy and self accepting no matter what.  So I’m now making a new doll for her. Human doll. The Waldorf one I made last year is waiting for a serious bath. ..  and repair :-)

I started making her yesterday from white Belorussian linen and got to the clothes. Sewing them now. There is yet hair to be sewn or crocheted, haven’t decided yet on this. In the mean time my husband made a wonderful wooden rocking bed for her. The mattress and pillow are already made and I need now to make little quilt. Any ideas about it?

Here some WIP pictures. Have a great day!

 

Doll Body

Doll Body

Doll face primed and painted

Doll face primed and painted

Cork and linen coasters tutorial

Here it is:

You’ll need a piece of cork ( mine is 2mm thick), fabric with the same size, carpenter’s white glue,
knife or shears, needle, embroidery floss and … iron.
Iron lightly the cork piece from both sides. Mine is cut from a roll, so I have to do this to flatten it.
Don’t use steam or it will buckle. Put generous amount of glue.
I use my fingers for spreading the glue. If you like use a brush. Sorry for the picture!
Iron the fabric you’ll be using and place it on top of the glue, wrong side facing down. Press it with fingers and make sure there are no trapped air bubbles under the fabric.  If the glue dries and there are bubbles, there is no way to remove them….
Iron again, while still wet. This speeds up the drying process and fixes the glue in both fabric and cork.
I don’t wait for the glue to completely dry, but it would be better to wait. Use a roller cutter or knife and square the sandwich.
I don’t like the square and am going to round the corners with shears.
It is easy to cut and doesn’t spoil the shears.
Here are my two coasters – brown and natural linen. It can be done with any fabric. I haven’t tried to wash them yet, but spot cleaning should work fine.
Now you can transfer an embroidery pattern and stitch it, or use silk ribbons to make a running stitch around the edge. The surface can be easily block printed or stamped….
As any other ambroidery, there are several ways to finish the stitching, but I chose to tie it.
I’m in a hurry today and didn’t have time to finish this properly(i.e. go all the way around…), but you got the idea.
These coasters are very light and nature friendly, so give them a try!
Be back soon with more and don’t forget the Christmas giveaway :-)